September 30, 1961
Eric Stoltz is a theater trained actor and producer who has starred in both
independent and studio films.
Born to two teachers in Los Angeles, Eric was raised in both American Samoa
and Santa Barbara California, where by the age of 14 he was earning money by
playing piano for the local musical theater productions, including "Mame"
starring Anthony Edwards. The two became friends, and later college
roommates when both attended the University of Southern California.
Dropping out in his Junior year, Eric joined a repertory company that did 10
plays at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, UK. Moving to New York in 1981,
he studied with Stella Adler and Peggy Feury, and soon appeared in his first
film, Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982).
In the 1980's he garnered attention (and a Golden Globe Nomination) starring
as Rocky Dennis in Mask (1985), and in John Hughes' Some Kind of Wonderful
(1987). In 1988, he made his Broadway debut in Our Town (1989), for which he
was nominated for a Tony Award.
In the 1990's he went back and forth from stage to film, building up an
eclectic resume that included studio films (Pulp Fiction, Rob Roy, Little
Women), independent films (Sundance Festival Winner The Waterdance, Kicking
and Screaming, Naked in New York), and films that he himself produced ( Mr.
Jealousy, Sleep With Me, Bodies Rest and Motion).
He also continued to appear on the New York Stage both on Broadway (Three
Sisters, Two Shakespearean Actors) and off-Broadway (The Importance of Being
Ernest, The Glass Menagerie). He continues to work in television as well,
doing a recurring role as Helen Hunt's ex on"Mad About You" (1992-97), a
year on "Chicago Hope" (1998), and in the tv and cable movies Inside (1996)
directed by Arthur Penn, A Killer in the Family (1983) with Robert Mitchum
and James Spader, and The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999) with Helen Mirren and
Mr. Stoltz lives in New Mexico, and has been romantically linked to Ally
Sheedy, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Lili Taylor, Bridget Fonda, and most
recently (in the summer of 1999 during the shooting of The House of Mirth),
the Australian actress Rachel Griffiths.
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